Shining Night: A Portrait of Morten Lauridsen and Angels
2012/78mins/Switzerland and USA/directed by Michael Stillwater. Screened with the short film Angels 2011/USA/11mins/directed by Zachary Kerschberg and the animation film Hide and Seek 3mins/Canada/directed by Aminder Dhaliwal)
Q&A with director Michael Stillwater and composer Morten Lauridsen.
Special Choral Performance Before the Screening: 5.30pm
St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 619 10th St, Washington DC (2 blocks from E Street Cinema)
Alumni Madrigal Singers from the National Cathedral & St.Alban's Schools and members of St. John's Church, Lafayette Square Choir sing a selection of Morten Lauridsen's work with the composer attending.
'Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen' celebrates the life and music of the artist whom musicologist Nick Strimple has called 'the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic'. America's most frequently performed choral composer, Lauridsen is a National Medal of Arts recipient who spends summers on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest.
Exploring the relationship of art, nature, and spirituality, 'Shining Night' reveals the composer through the lens of his love for the natural world together with his passion for music and literature, woven with commentaries from composers, conductors, singers, and friends.
Filmed between 2010-2011 in California, Scotland, Germany and Waldron Island, Washington, the documentary conveys the richness and breadth of the award-winning composer's life, with a soundtrack featuring his masterworks- Lux Aeterna, O Magnum Mysterium, Nocturnes (Sa Nuit D'Ete, Soneto de la Noche, and Sure On This Shining Night), Dirait-On and Madrigali.
Screens with Shining Night: A Portrait of Morten Lauridsen 2012 / 73 mins / Switzerland and USA / directed by Michael Stillwater
A rural, American family in the 1930's is rattled by the home birth of a severely disabled child. When the young daughter, herself disabled, sees her father's disappointment, she attempts to fix the baby in the barn.
METRO STOP = Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter/Yellow and Green Lines
Landmark E Street Cinema (View)
555 11th Street NW
Washington , DC 20004
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